how long does a dwarf satsuma tree take to produce edible fruit?
a friend gave me a dwarf satsuma tree as a housewarming gift and it has tiny fruits on it now....i'm new at this, so i was wondering how long it typically takes the fruit to grow to an edible size....
1. Satsumas are a variety of tangerine. Buy early, mid and late season varieties to have months of ripe fruit harvests. All Satsumas are cold tolerant to at least 26 degrees and perhaps more. They grow in a weeping posture and can become about 10' tall and 10' wide. Satsumas are unique in that they are seedless or close to seedless and their flesh is separated from the rind. They are all of outstanding quality.
Pong Koa Mandarin/Tangerine A large fruit for a mandarin. The fruit is very uniform in shape, size and color (a yellow-orange color) and has a fairly thin peel. The fruit quality is outstanding-crisp, sweet, and flavorful. It has a clear medium orange flesh, juicy, sweet and very full flavored. Is cold hardy.
Page Mandarin/Tangerine Page Mandarins are a medium size citrus fruit, with medium-thin, leathery rind that is moderately adherent but easily peelable. Color is reddish-orange at maturity. Flesh is deep orange, tender and juicy, and the flavor rich and sweet (known as one of the best mandarins for juice). This early ripening, high quality variety ripens in the winter. Has seeds.
Seedless Kishu Mandarin/Tangerine The tree grows well, and is small at maturity with a round form. It would make a good container specimen. The fruit is small, no more than two inches in diameter, but sets reliable crops. It has a thin orange rind that is easily peeled. The flesh is bright orange, seedless, mild-flavored, sweet, and juicy. It is early in maturity, and the fruit holds well on the tree
Clementine Mandarin/Tangerine The Clementine is an early season mandarin producing sweet, juicy, fine flavored fruit that will hold on the tree for months. Easily peeled, highly ornamental fruits are held to the outside of the tree. Seedless. Moderate grower to 10 to 12 feet tall or clipped shorter. Almost thornless. Fairly good freeze tolerance.
Atlas Honey Mandarin The Honey is also called the Murcott, and it is from an old Tangor variety, a hybrid between a Mediterranean and a King Mandarin. The fruit has a deep orange exterior, is thin skinned and has a glossy texture. The Honey Mandarin is slightly flat in shape with no neck. It is very juicy, peels and segments easily and has many seeds. Fully ripe late November, so start tasting early November. Fairly good freeze tolerance.
Sunburst Mandarin Sunburst is the most widely grown commercial early Florida tangerine. It is a cross between the two citrus hybrids Robinson and Osceola. The fruit is medium in size, about 2½ - 3 inches in diameter. Fruit shape is oblate and is flattened at the stem end and has a depressed navel. The rind is thin, smooth, and somewhat easily removed. There are between 10 and 20 seeds per fruit. Sunburst trees have dark-green foliage, moderately vigorous, thornless, up-right, and spreading shape. In most years the fruit will start ripening by mid-November and reach maturity mid-January. Like all mandarins, handles moderate freezes to 26 degrees for a few hours. Need to protect with harder freezes. This fruit needs one other citrus in area for pollination.
Okitsu Satsuma Growth of this tree is more vigorous than other satsumas. Start tasting late August with a fully ripe fruit in September or early October maturing fruit that stores better than other varieties. Satsumas all can withstand freezes to 22 degrees without much protection.
Dobashi Beni Satsuma Dobashi Beni Satsuma is similar to Owari but with reddish tinge on skin. Also "zipper" skin and seedless. Start tasting late August with a fully ripe fruit in September or early October maturing fruit.
Owari Satsuma The original satsuma. Very good flavor, great production. Hardy to 22 degrees F. or lower. Still hard to beat. Seeds: 0-6, but rarely present. As maturity passes, the neck, if present, increases in size. The rind roughens and loosens. Tree moderately vigorous but slow-growing; medium-small, spreading and drooping; very productive. Start tasting in October, and ripe into December.
BC2 Delicious, sweet, easy to peel, early maturing, seedling of ‘Armstrong Early’ grown by Bonnie Childers, quite cold hardy, seedless.
Seto Early maturing, high quality dwarf satusma. Large fruit. A more notable smoother and thinner peel than other dwarf Satsumas. Limbs tend to droop like many other satsumas. Harvest around Thanksgiving.
Miho Early maturing, high quality dwarf satsuma. Large fruit. Limbs are more upright than most satsumas. Harvest around Thanksgiving.
Vermillion Exceptional taste and perhaps a bit more hardy than most satsumas.